Garland tries to deep-six Jays

Originally Published: May 6, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 1:07 p.m. ET: Jon Garland of the White Sox tries to run his record to 6-0 as he faces the Toronto Blue Jays, taking a 1.38 ERA to the mound. Ted Lilly works for the Jays.

• 2:15: The Pitching Matchup of the Day pits the Padres' Adam Eaton, who will be trying to keep the San Diego streak going, against the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter. Larry Walker has pounded Eaton for four homers and 10 hits in 29 career at-bats against him.

• 4:05: Rough day in San Francisco for hitters because the Nationals' John Patterson will pitch against the Giants' Jason Schmidt.

• 6:05: The Reverse Lock of the Day will be in Florida. The Rockies haven't won a road game since -- well, maybe it was the Eisenhower administration -- and the Marlins are starting Josh Beckett. All logic points to a Marlins victory, so look for a Colorado success.

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• 7:05: The Hitter Most Likely to Go Deep will be Bret Boone of the Mariners, facing Boston's Jeremi Gonzalez. Boone already has a homer in his career against Gonzalez, along with another hit and four walks in 12 plate appearances.

• 10:05: The last time out, Bartolo Colon was throwing about 98 mph consistently. The Tigers get to see that up close and personal, with Jeremy Bonderman taking the hill for Detroit.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Friday
The Good
Jeff Kent of the Dodgers drove in five runs as L.A. pummeled Cincinnati for 10 runs in the first inning. Kent now has 26 RBI in 28 games.

The Bad
The Yankees made three errors in the 10th inning against Oakland and lost their fourth straight game, their 11th home loss of the season. They didn't experience their 11th home loss last year until sometime in July.

The Ugly
The Rockies are now 1-14 on the road, after getting shut out by the Marlins' Dontrelle Willis Friday night. Joe Kennedy was hurt by a line drive through the middle. Todd Helton struck out three times against Willis and flipped his glove at an errant throw. It just gets worse and worse.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is available in paperback and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.

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